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Deschamps tells Marseille to stay positive in Munich

OLYMPIQUE Marseille's chances of advancing past Bayern Munich and into the Champions League semi-finals may be minimal after last week's 2-0 defeat in France, but the team need to go in with a winning mentality, said coach Didier Deschamps yesterday.

Marseille arrived in Munich - the site of their biggest triumph in 1993 when they were crowned European champions with Deschamps as captain - after a six-hour delay due to a strike in France.

"We will have a lot of quality against us but at the end we do not want to regret anything and we will see what comes out of it," Deschamps said. "The chances are minimal."

Marseille go into tonight's quarter-final return leg at the Allianz Arean having lost eight of their last nine games in all competitions.


The former European champions, who are ninth in the French league, got a break when their weekend Ligue 1 game against Montpellier was put back to help them prepare for tonight's clash with four-time winners Bayern.

"I think we had very busy weeks," added Deschamps. "We worked well on Saturday and Sunday and that had not been possible before because we had so many games. At least we will not be complaining about a lack of freshness.

"Bayern are used to a busy schedule. They are this big machine that keeps rolling on in all competitions," he said.

Bayern are in the running for a treble of domestic league, cup and Champions League titles.

Deschamps ruled out an openly attacking game by his team as that would be too dangerous against a side like Bayern.

"We have to reach our maximum in all parts of our game," he said.

"We cannot throw everything in front from the first minute. We need to defend well just like we did for 43 minutes in the first game.

"It is still a Champions League quarter-final. We have to be realistic but we have to go in with a winning mentality.

"We have not lost any of our quality. We have to be happy and we still believe in this," added Deschamps.